Meet our Executive Team
James Fazzino - BEc(Hons)
Managing Director & CEO
James was appointed Managing Director & CEO of the IPL Group on 29 July 2009. James was first appointed as a director on 18 July 2005, following his appointment as Chief Financial Officer in May 2003. Before joining the IPL Group, he had many years’ experience with Orica Limited in several business financial roles, including Investor Relations Manager, Chief Financial Officer for Orica Chemicals and Project Leader of Orica’s group restructure in 2001.
Since James joined the IPL Group, the company has undergone significant transformation growing from a fertiliser company operating in two States of Australia with a Market Capitalisation in the ASX 200 to a global diversified industrial chemicals business, which is the world’s second largest supplier of commercial explosives and Australia’s largest manufacturer and supplier of fertilisers, putting the company in the ASX 50.
James is also Chairman of the Advisory Board for La Trobe University's Business School and an Adjunct Professor of the La Trobe Business School.
Simon Atkinson BBus, CA
President, Dyno Nobel Asia Pacific & President Incitec Pivot Fertlisers
Simon joined the Company on its merger with Incitec Fertilisers Limited in 2003, having commenced with Incitec Limited in 2001 and Orica Limited in 1999. He has extensive finance experience, having been the Company's Commercial Finance Manager for the Australian fertilisers business. Simon was previously the Company's Investor Relations Manager and more recently, the Global CFO for the Group's explosives business.
Simon was appointed to his role as President Dyno Nobel Asia Pacific in 2013 and President Incitec Pivot Fertilisers in 2016.
President Global Manufacturing
A qualified Chemical Engineer, Alan Grace joined IPL in 2000, working at that time for Incitec Limited. He has 30 years’ experience constructing and operating chemical processing plants. He has worked on many large projects in the oil and gas, petrochemical and chemicals sector, including ammonia and ammonium nitrate plants. Alan was the Project Director for IPL’s Moranbah complex during the construction phase and, prior to this appointment he has been the Project Director for the Feasibility Study and early stage construction of the Ammonia plant in Louisiana, USA.
Alan was appointed to his current role as President Global Manufacturing in June 2016.
Frank Micallef BBus, MAcc, FCPA, FFTA, FAICD
Chief Financial Officer
Frank was appointed as Chief Financial Officer on 23 October 2009. Frank joined IPL in May 2008 as General Manager, Treasury and Chief Financial Officer, Trading. Prior to joining IPL, Frank had significant experience in the explosives and mining industries as Global Treasurer and Investor Relations Manager at Orica Limited and General Manager Accounting at North Limited.
Frank is currently a Board member of Queensland Nitrates Pty Ltd and Fabchem Ltd. Frank is responsible for the IPL finance, tax, treasury, legal and company secretarial and procurement functions globally.
Gary Kubera BA Chem, MBA
President Dyno Nobel Americas
Gary Kubera was appointed President Dyno Nobel Americas in February 2015, bringing a wealth of commercial and executive leadership experience in the chemicals and oil & gas industries. He has held a number of senior roles across a range of global enterprises including Johnson Polymer, McWhorter Technologies Inc and more recently as President & CEO of the Canexus Corporation. Additionally, he is a past director of the Alliance for Environment Technology and the American Chemistry Council, both being industry trade organisations.
Elizabeth Hunter BBus, MBA
Chief Human Resources Officer & Shared Services
Elizabeth has 23 years' of experience in human resources in Australia and internationally across a range of industries including: Financial Services, Health, Infrastructure, Industrial Contracting, and semi-government organisations. She has held several senior executive leadership roles in publicly-listed Australian companies with global operations. Elizabeth is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (UK) and a Fellow of the Australian Human Resource Institute.